Skip to comments.Romneycare Becomes Obamacare, Then Coultercare
Posted on 04/22/2012 7:16:01 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
Ann Coulter has now written an unqualified defense of Romneycare. What she doesn't appear to realize is how useful her column will be to defenders of Obamacare.
She writes, "It's not as if we had a beautifully functioning free market in health care until Gov. Mitt Romney came along and wrecked it by requiring that Massachusetts residents purchase their own health insurance." Coulter points out that many conservatives and libertarians believed "mandatory private health insurance was considered the free-market alternative to the Democrats' piecemeal socialization of the entire medical industry." She argues that the Heritage Foundation and the Manhattan Institute were conservative think tanks that backed Romneycare.
Every single on one of these arguments could be used for Obamacare. Obamacare is mandatory private health insurance purchased through exchanges with subsidies and expanded Medicaid thrown in. That is also the basic architecture of Romneycare. Obama will argue that his plan wasn't a government takeover of health care because it's "not as if we had a beautifully functioning free market in health care until President Barack Obama came along and wrecked it." He can also point out that many libertarians and conservatives were desperate enough to support his approach when the Democrats were touting policies to its left.
Coulter goes on to say that Romneycare passed by overwhelming majorities in both houses of the state legislature, including Scott Brown's vote. But Brown was only one of a handful of Republicans in the legislature. Those overwhelming majorities were overwhelmingly Democratic. And when you look at the promiment photo of the Romneycare signing ceremony, you will see not the leaders of the Heritage Foundation and the Manhattan Institute beaming with Romney but the Democratic leaders of the state legislature and Teddy Kennedy. Continually dropping Bob Moffit's name doesn't alter this reality.
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So Ann has finally wigged out.
thx for sharing these quotes with us.
Not to hijack the thread (sorry, SoCon) but howya doin’?
With friends like that who needs enemies?
“...mandatory private health insurance was considered the free-market alternative...”
A while back, I said Ann “jumped the shark”. I realize that my statement was in error.
She still jumped it but hasn’t come down yet. She’s near Mars and shows no signs of coming back.
....is that such a bad thing? Good riddance!!!
Coulter just proves like Matalin and Snakehead, she’s nothing but an opportunist with a potty mouth.
thx, i’m hom and resting, the docs did a great job. now to change my diet